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George Sheldon to leave Obama admin and return to Florida

George_SheldonGeorge Sheldon, former Secretary of Florida's Department of Children and Families who was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced he is returning to Florida. He has served as acting assistant scretary for the Administration for Children and Families.

Sheldon, a Democrat who was also a long-time aide and deputy attorney general under former Attorney General Bob Butterworth, has been rumored to be considering a challenge to Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2014.

Here's the note from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week about Sheldon's decision:

From: Sebelius, Kathleen (HHS/OS) 
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:47 AM
To: OS - Political Staff; ACF - All ACF Staff
Subject: Important Staff Announcement

 Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to share the news that our colleague George Sheldon will be stepping down as Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, effective October 18. 

Even before George began his service at ACF, he was a trusted partner.  In his capacity as the Secretary for the Florida Department of Children and Families, George worked with me and the Department in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti to ensure that survivors who arrived in the United States had access to medical care and appropriate social services.  I was so pleased when he later agreed to become part of this amazing team at HHS, and made sure that all of America’s children and families had access to critical services.

Over the last two-and-a-half years, I have valued George’s service and leadership on many fronts.  In response to President Obama’s call to create a better response system for victims and survivors of human trafficking, George helped lead the nation’s first-ever Federal Strategic Action Plan for Victims of Human Trafficking.  When the influx of children fleeing violence in Central America doubled and then tripled, George’s leadership brought together partners from state agencies, the U.S. military and private providers to create humane and workable solutions.  Under George, ACF has been a key partner in outreach efforts related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

During his tenure, I have come to depend on George’s good counsel, vision, and leadership.  And, I know he has been a valued colleague to many of you as well.  His work and service will have a lasting impact on the lives of millions of our fellow Americans for years to come.  I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

To step in and fill this critical leadership role, President Obama and I have chosen Mark Greenberg to serve as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary.  As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at ACF, Mark has provided strong leadership, informed direction and sound advice.  Many times since his appointment to ACF in 2009, Mark has been asked to take on additional responsibilities.  He has always done so with his characteristic grace, intellectual rigor and unwavering pursuit of excellence.   Prior to his service with ACF, Mark directed the Georgetown University Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy, and was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

Please join me in thanking George for his service and leadership, and congratulating Mark on his new role.


Kathleen Sebelius